1. Mulethi is widely used as a flavouring agent.
  2. Its anti-diabetic and anti-oxidant properties help treat metabolism.
  3. Chewing on mulethi sticks is an age-old remedy for a sore throat.
  4. Boosts immunity system.
  5. Has inflammatory properties.
  6. Boosts digestion.
  7. Keeps the lungs healthy

How to grow?

The licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), which means sweet root in Greek is actually a legume. It is native to the Mediterranean and parts of the South-West Asia and particularly to the Indian subcontinent, where it is called ‘Mulethi’ It is a perennial herb that grows to over a meter and a half tall. It is cultivated for its roots, the plant has an extensive root system. Roots grow 3 to 4 feet (1 – 1.2 m) deep and can extend to 25 feet (10 m) in a deep, permeable soil. Growing licorice in container is also possible.



  1. Mulethi chai


In a pan or tea pot, add a small piece or two of liquorice root, about 2cm of ginger root, sliced, and 3 cups boiling water (750 ml) with 2 Indian tea bags or the equivalent of loose leaf tea. Let it infuse for a 5 – 10 minutes. Add milk and sweetener and serve.